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I have a 1 TB USB drive.

I've been using it for months.

My main iTunes library is on it.

As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only.

I can't open iTunes.

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I also tried this...

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Here is the info panel on the drive:

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Note that the format is currently "Mac OS Extended Case-sensitive."

"Ignore ownership of this volume" is checked, but greyed-out.

Backing it up and reformatting is not practical due to the sheer amount of data.

How did the volume become effectively read-only?

Any suggestions for how I can get use of the drive back?

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  • Be thankful that it's still readable, because it doesn't sound like you have a proper backup.
    – Tyson
    Oct 21 '14 at 2:04
  • Did you upgrade to Yosemite recently? If not which system is installed?
    – klanomath
    Oct 21 '14 at 7:24
  • and what is the upgrade history of the base system? SL-L-ML-M-? Did you check these articles? tech.kateva.org/2013/09/… and fixkb.com/2011/08/reset-home-folder-permissions.html (Comment November 21, 2011 at 09:44)
    – klanomath
    Oct 21 '14 at 12:22
  • Are you sure there isn't a hardware problem with your disk? Have you ran a fsck check? What is the result? If everything works, then try sudo mount -uw /Volumes/Ravenleth
    – Joy Jin
    Aug 7 at 13:16
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Who's "Fetching..." ?

I looks like it can't grab the correct perms/ACL. Have you tried setting up the perms again?
My guess is 'fetching' ought to be the _myname account, which my less than stunning grasp of nix perms leads me to believe is the system process working in your name.

ie it's lost the permission to work on your behalf.

At minimum, I'd guess setting everybody to read/write would at least be a workaround - as there's no ownership, how does it know it's working on your behalf or anyone else's?

[Someone with a better grasp of nix perms please comment/correct/append to this]

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  • fetching... should be the group membership of the owner of the drive (greyed out (me)).
    – klanomath
    Oct 21 '14 at 7:33

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